Tahlequah Daily Press

College Sports

July 24, 2013

Briles gushes about Baylor's new stadium

Big 12 football notebook

DALLAS — Given Art Briles’ tenure at Baylor — three straight bowl games, two bowl wins and a Heisman Trophy winner — one wonders how the lone private school in the Big 12 Conference can afford to keep him. Also, given that tenure, one also wonders if the Bears can afford not to.

Listening to Briles at length always offers a glimpse into the unvarnished charisma he’s brought to Baylor, not to mention the homes of so many young athletes who have chosen to attend Baylor.

Tuesday, the final day of Big 12 football media days, Briles waxed upon a big part of his legacy, the new Baylor Stadium, set to open for the 2014 season. By the way, it sits on the banks of the Brazos river.

“What it’s going to do is not just change Baylor, but it’s going to change Waco and central Texas, because it’s on I-35 and the Brazos River,” he said. “If it sounds rehearsed it’s because I’ve said it a million times. There’s people going to be driving by there with 6-year-olds and 86-year-olds in their vehicle and they’re going to look over there.

“Where they’ve driven by for the previous 50 years, they’re going to look and say, ‘That’s Baylor University? That Stadium on the Brazos River? That’s their campus? That’s unique. That’s different. That’s something I want my grandchildren to be a part of.’ And, as a 6-year-old, ‘I want to be a part of.”

Also …

Briles was reminded he had three open dates before his team will have played eight games.

“Is that what it is? Speed limit is 55, drive 55,” Briles said. “You got three open dates, deal with it.”

On the perceived dominance of the SEC over the Big 12?

“I thought we had nine teams in bowl games last year,” he said.

And, about the writers and broadcasters preseason conference poll, of which three votes put Baylor atop the league?

“I don’t know how many people vote. I guess 25,” Briles said. “I was wondering why those other 22 don’t believe in us.”

Text Only
College Sports
Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Stocks